A/Z, Today it is a sad one about me
K - Koda
This is a sad one today, one might say morbid, its okay if you skip it.
Years before, when we were considering getting a puppy and we sort of had our eyes on Koda, hubby and me agreed on two things. The dog would come with us, no matter where we lived, and when it was time to say "good bye" because of the dog's health, we would not let it linger but would make that hard choice to ease suffering, even though we knew how sad that would be for us. We had even talked about how we would dispose of his remains, not wanting to cremate and keep his ashes, not even wanting to bury him in the backyard of wherever we lived.
We kept those promises through the years. Koda lived in Montana, Laguna Niguel, California, Murrieta California (2 houses there) and Chula Vista, California. Total of five houses, three rentals, two we owned. We paid pet deposits. We modified houses to accommodate him.
We kept the harder of the promise when we found out his cancer came back and there was not much hope and only a short few weeks left. When we went to the vet that day to fulfill our final promise, we thought we were prepared for everything, except when the receptionist asked us if we wanted Koda's ashes. In the heat of the moment with the rawness of our grief of what was about to happen, we said "yes".
A few weeks later after we moved a box arrived in the mail. I have to say it was so lovingly done. There was a clipping of his hair and this nice box. It was in a lovely little clear bag with a purple ribbon holding everything together. We put the box up on the mantle.
When I was thinking A/Z, I kept coming back to Koda for "K". Nothing else seemed to fit and so I thought what better way to honor the best corgi we will ever have but to include him in this year's A/Z Challenge. He's here with us in thought and on the mantle. He was my blogging buddy for years. Gone, but never forgotten.
After we had put the box up on the mantle back in January, I hadn't brought it down until I was getting ready to take a picture for the challenge. I opened up the bag and took the box out of it and the little envelope that contained a bit of his hair and a lovely poem. What I didn't realize at the time when we first had gotten it back in January was that there was also an imprint of his paw that was enclosed in plaster of cement. Looking at it of course made me cry (as I am doing right now).
Loved that Little Guy. Glad he was part of our family for the 10 years he was.
Would have loved to have shown him the parts of Arizona that we have seen and walked him places we have walked.
But he had a good life and for that I'm grateful he lived it with us.